Todd Stabelfeldt is a busy man these days. When not traveling all over the country delivering powerful speeches like “Convenience for You is Independence for Me” — at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose last June — he’s also CEO of C4 Database Management, a small business focused on maintaining digital records for hospitals all over the country from his home in Port Orchard, Washington.
We caught up with the entrepreneur and computing technology expert on a particularly frenetic day in August. C4 had just gone live with a new software portal being tested at a couple of hospitals before being released to the rest of his clients. In between taking phone calls on one of the two iPhones attached to his chair, he zips in and out of his office, a technological fortress with a very unique flavor to its design.
As he pulls up to his desk, the dual screens of his desktop are dwarfed by three 40-plus-inch TVs hanging on the wall to his left. The top two flash IP addresses and other hieroglyphs only programmers understand, while the bottom is a constant rotation of the security cameras in and around his home. You can hear the slight hum of server racks from inside their custom-designed, climate-controlled closet behind him. On his right, a contraption that vaguely resembles early PCs from the ’80s looks extremely